5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Invite To My Thanksgiving Feast

It’s time for another 5 Fandom Friday! I’ve taken off the past few Friday’s but now I’m back! That’s the nice things about these types of posts. You can take a week or two off if you want or need to! This time around it’s Thanksgiving themed, asking what characters you’d invite to your dinner! Hopefully I can just list five!

1. Dean Winchster (Supernatural)

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Thanksgiving is the main pie Holiday. How could I not invite Dean? Plus he’d have some great stories to share around the table. “So funny story, this one time I became a Demon….” It would be worth it just for the looks on all the faces.

2. Ichabod Craine (Sleepy Hollow)

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I mean, would it get any better than having Ichabod at Thanksgiving? I’d invite him to all the holidays just to hear him go on rants about them.

3. FitzSimmons (Agents of SHIELD)

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I still count them as one person even if things are a little awkward lately but isn’t that what family gatherings are all about? People making awkward jokes, weird patches of silence, side eyeing the hell out of everyone.

4. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

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Let’s be real, the girl deserves a break and a decent meal that’s not laced with poison. Or made up of hard to pronounce foods, surrounded by a bunch of fancy weirdos. Instead, it’ll be regular weirdos!

5. Drax (Guardians of the Galaxy)

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Can you just imagine? I mean, really, sit there and picture it. Someone would talk about “tossing around the pig skin” and he would say a classic line like “That is not made of the skin of pigs!” Why can’t this happen in real life!

There you have it. I think this list would make for a very interesting and entertaining Thanksgiving dinner! What about you? Which characters would you invite?

Books! Dark Places & Sharp Objects

I actually read two books over the weekend that I’ve been wanting to read since I finished “Gone Girl.” The first book I read was Dark Places: A Novel. The TLDR version is a woman’s family is murdered when she’s a child, her brother is arrested and charged for, but of course crime groupies think he’s innocent. Normally this would be the type of book that’s right up my alley but for whatever reason, it left me feeling pretty “meh” after finishing it. I really struggled to finish it but I had to in order to find out what really happened and who killed the family. I needed to know! The story jumped around a bit, from present day to the past, and to the different characters involved. There was a bit of a twist near the end, but it wasn’t enough to save it, in my opinion. I have friends that enjoyed this book but it just didn’t float my boat. I was actually disappointed since I enjoyed “Gone Girl” so much.

The second book of the day was Sharp Objects: A Novel (Yes, I read both in a day), which was much better than the previous book. I was worried that maybe “Gone Girl” was a bit of a fluke but Sharp Objects made that fear vanish. The summary for this book is a woman returns to her hometown to report on the murders of two young girls. There’s family drama, relationship issues, and small town secrets. Unlike with “Gone Girl” and “Dark Places,” there wasn’t any time jumping with this story or other character POV chapters. I’m not sure if that’s why it grabbed me more but the story was more interesting than DP as well. While there were a lot of players involved (old friends, local cops, FBI, her family, town folk), it never felt overcrowded. We learned a lot about the main character which helped me connect to her. I couldn’t relate but I could connect to her as a person, which can’t be said for the main character in DP. This book too had a big twist at the end. I was able to see some of it coming but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book or story. It’s obvious by now that Flynn enjoys her twists and turns.

If you’re interested in either of the books above, I believe the Kindle version is 50% off. I know that’s right for Sharp Objects, but double check for Dark Places.

Have you read either of the books? What did you think?

Everyday Cosplay: The Arrow

I love “Arrow” on CW. I think Stephen Amell does an amazing job plus he’s just a great person. He uses his celebrity for good which I guess makes him a real life superhero! When I was trying to think of who to center my next EDC around, The Arrow quickly jumped into my head. I wanted to keep it fun and simple though, maybe something you’d wear going out with friends.

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While Oliver Queen can rock the all green look, most of us mere mortals can’t! That’s why I toned it down with some black “leather” leggings and a cute green top. In place of his mask I used a pair of sunglasses and to add a bit more green, I found a pretty awesome watch. I didn’t want to drown the look in arrows, that why I went with a cute and simple ring. Honestly, the shoes were the hardest piece to pick (it’s always the shoes TBH) but I’m happy with the boots I found. They add a bit of fun to the look and keep it comfortable. I can actually picture myself wearing this!

What do you think? Are you working on any EDC posts?

Some More Comics Recommendations For You!

Last year I wrote up a post that featured some comic recommendations for those who are new to comic books. I honestly had no idea I wrote that post in 2013 but obviously more books have hit the shelves since then.

Black Widow: Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto

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Nailbiter: Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson

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I’ve mentioned this book before but that’s because I love it. If you’re looking for something to please your Dark Passenger, this is it. You don’t need to know any back story, there’s not years of characters that you need to catch up on. It’s a brand new comic, with some really awesome characters. The story is about a town that seems to pump out serial killers left and right, and trying to figure out why. If you’re “over” superheros and powers, maybe check this book out. The first trade, Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood, is on shelves now. If you’re not into murder or crime stories though, this book might not be for you.

Ms. Marvel: G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

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If you want a fresh take on superheroes, look no further than Ms. Marvel! Kamala Khan who’s Pakistani American is the new teenage hero on the block. The art is fantastic and it’s great to see more representation in comic books. We keep asking for it, well here it is. If you want to learn more about the character and how she came about, here’s a handy dandy wikipedia page. This book started off on my pull list but due to money, I had remove it. I do plan on picking up the trades though. In fact you can pick up Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal now.

Loki: Ragnarok And Roll: Eric M. Esquivel & Jerry Gaylord

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If you’re looking for a very much different take on Loki, here you go. He’s been banished to earth (shocker) but ends up becoming a rock God. Of course, right? It’s a mini series that includes I think only 4 issues which means it’s great for new readers. Loki, Thor, and Odin can be heavy characters to get into but this book is tons of fun and again, no history lessons needed. I don’t think it’s available in trade but you might be able to find some issues at your shop or via an online retailer like Comixology.

And because I don’t want this post to get too long, here are some links to some other books that would be good for new readers!

Loki: Agent of Asgard Volume 1: Trust Me
She-Hulk Volume 1: Law and Disorder
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Vol.1
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The reason I tossed Doctor Who into the mix is because I think a lot of people out there don’t know that some shows are in comic form as well! If you’re a fan of the show, maybe check out the comic too. That’s why I included Arrow. The one I linked to ties into the show! So if you enjoy the character but not sure where to start, that might be a good place. I wish I could include more DC but I don’t read any of their books. If you have any recommendations for new readers, feel free to drop them in the comments!

Check Out These Nerdy Workout Tops From Activate Apparel!

It’s the little thing in life that motivate my ass to get to the gym. The little things like fun shirts from Activate Apparel! I honestly don’t know how I found them. I think I did a search for “nerdy workout shirts” and they popped up. I’ve already bought two tanks from them and can’t wait to buy more.

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These are the two tanks I have. If you’re thinking about ordering I’d go a size up. I went with a large and it fits pretty good. I think a medium might have been a little snug. It all comes down to personal comfort though! I like my shirts to be a little loose when I’m working out. Plus my boobs get in the way. They don’t have just tanks though. They offer tees and sweatshirts too! It doesn’t matter what kind of workout you do either, running or weights. They have something fun for everyone! Here are a few more I have my eye on:

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Ok, that was more than a few but oh well. If you have a gym rat in your life though, these shirts would make a great gift this holiday season! Do you own any nerdy workout shirts? If so, where do you find yours? I’m always looking for more!